The Lordship Tea Room

The Lorship Tea Room and Shop

The Lordship offers home-made cakes, freshly made lunches and a substantial ‘specials’ menu, created from fresh and appealing ingredients. On warm summer days the patio is the perfect place to relax and unwind, just sit back and enjoy a friendly and efficient service.

A recent addition is The Pantry - our convenient new café and takeaway, offering a delicious selection of freshly made sandwiches, cakes and other tempting treats. You can stop by to say hello, take away or stay as long as you’d like in our new ‘lounge-style’ area.

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This new child-friendly hub is a comfy retreat for those busy mums who have an hour or so free to catch up with friends. Alongside comfortable surroundings and excellent food, The Pantry also stocks a large range of ‘Tiptree’ conserves and our visitors’ favourite ‘Tiptree’ patisserie items.

Writtle: the tea room and shop now stand on the site of a cattle shed and milking parlour. The tea room is in the grounds of Writtle University College which was established in 1893. The building was restored and became a 'Tiptree' tea room in 2011.

The Lorship Tea Room and ShopNamed in the Little Domesday Book as a Royal demesne or manor of 194 households, the village is the site of one of King John's hunting lodges, sited just across the road from the tea room within the grounds of Writtle University College and dating from around 1210 A.D.

The peaceful and picturesque village of Writtle still has its very own village green complete with duck pond and a Norman church. Once described as 'one of the loveliest villages in England, with a ravishing variety of ancient cottages', Writtle is a great place for a stroll in the summer sun, or simply to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city of Chelmsford, just a short bus ride away.

Visit The Lordship. For an easy car journey, from Chelmsford take the B1060 ‘Roxwell’ road and follow the signs into Writtle village and on to Lordship Road. The college straddles Lordship Road and you will find the tea room and shop on the right, with ample parking nearby. Limited wheelchair access to tea room. Wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities.

Opening Times:


Monday - Saturday

9.00a.m. to 4.00p.m.



9.30a.m. to 4.00p.m.


Monday - Saturday

9.00a.m. to 5.00p.m



9.30a.m. to 4.30p.m

Our Summer and Winter opening times change at the same time as the British Summer Time (BST) and the UK Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

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